Epidendrum ardens Kraenzel 1906 GROUP Andean SUBGROUP Soratae Photo by Nartreb and his Orchid Page

Another Color Photo by Carlos Hajek and his Peruvian Orchid Page


Common Name The On Fire Epidendrum [refers to the Flower color]

Flower Size 3/4" [2 cm]

Found in southeastern Peru in in moss covered elfin forests or on rocky ledges at elevations of 2000 to 4150 meters as a reed stem, medium to large sized, cold growing, epiphyte or lithophyte with long, straggly, frequently branching stems enveloped basally by tubular sheaths and carries a few, erect, imbricating, lanceolate, acute, carinate, conduplicate below, dark green leaves suffused with purple and subtended by purple persistent sheaths that blooms in the summer through fall on a subapical, laxly pendant, 2 to 3" [5 to 7.5 cm] long, densely many [10 to 14] flowered inflorescence with narrowly lanceolate, acuminate floral bracts that cover half of the ovary and carrying simultaneously opening, resupinate flowers.

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Orchids of Peru Vol 2 Fieldiana Schweinfurth 1959; Icones Orchidacearum Peruviarum Plate 633 Bennett & Christenson 2001 drawing fide; Machu Picchu Orchids Christenson 2003 photo fide; Icones Orchidacearum 7 Plate 742 Hagsater 2007 see recognition section; Icones Orchidacearum 9 Plate 988 Hagsater 2007 see recognition section; Icones Orchidacearum Part 12 Plate 1206 Hagsater 2009 drawing fide